Buy Art Fair returns to Old Granada Studios

Manchester’s Buy Art Fair will open in Allied London’s Old Granada Studios on 24 to 27 September 2015, hosting 50,000 sq ft of exhibitions from more than 100 artists and galleries.

Buy Art Fair chose Old Granada Studios as its venue for the first time in 2014.

In its eighth year, the fair will include The Manchester Contemporary with a curated selection of emerging art, a new artist studio, printing workshops, live painting, and a café and bar.

According to the organisers, around £2.5m has been spent on art through the Buy Art Fair since it began in 2008.

The fair will be spread across three former TV recording studios within Old Granada Studios, split between the Buy Art Fair, Manchester Contemporary and the Artist’s Studio.

Thom Hetherington, chief executive of Buy Art Fair, said: “The art world does not stand still. Therefore we have to be just as dynamic in the ways that we offer interaction between art buyers, artists, gallerists and curators. Old Granada Studios is a raw, exciting space that cries out for innovation and creativity and we are confident that we have responded.

“Manchester’s cultural renaissance is undeniable, led by Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery and HOME, along with smaller spaces like Castlefield Gallery. It is a momentum that is happening across the North and I think our art buyers, who come from across the region, feel proud and excited not only to have the chance to acquire wonderful pieces of art but also to be part of the process of supporting and nurturing the arts scene up here.”

The line-up activities for 2015 include a programme of cultural talks and conversations, food and drink offering from Living Ventures, music and live performances, print workshops and artists painting live, guest installations, guided tours of The Manchester Contemporary, as well as the chance to hang before you buy in bespoke room sets.

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And one next week in Liverpool too.
The Deepbridge Liverpool Contemporary Arts Fair 2015 returns to the Royal Liver Building from 27-28 June, featuring over 1,000 pieces of artwork from 40 high calibre local, national and international galleries and established artists

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